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How to access health services

Schools and other education providers can help in getting a diagnosis for health problems observed in their setting. The following provides details on how to access different health services. It explains what might prompt a referral, who can make the referral and what the service could offer.

This article only covers health services. Click here for information about accessing education and social care services provided by Sheffield City Council.

Information owner: Speech and Language Therapy Service

Last reviewed: 08/11/2018

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Speech and Language Therapy

Referral reason

You have concerns about a child's communication. This may include concerns about speech sounds, expressive formulation, understanding and social communication.

Clinicians involved

  • Speech and Language Therapist

Outcome

This clinical service can offer:

  • Assessment,

  • Advice and

  • Treatment, where appropriate

How to refer

Anybody with parental consent can make a referral to this service.  In order for the child to be seen in school, parents must have signed the referral form.

New referrals will be seen within 12 weeks.

Contact: Elizabeth Oliver (admin)
Tel: 2262333

Visual Impairment

Referral reason

You have concerns about the child's eye health and visual function.

Clinicians involved

  • Consultant ophthalmologist
  • Orthoptist

Outcome

This clinical service can offer:

  • Assessment and Diagnosis.
  • Access to low vision services.
  • Referral to Vision Support Service and Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind

How to refer

Schools cannot refer directly to eye care health services.
Referrals must come from a health professional (eg GP, consultant, optician)

Audiology - Hearing Impairment

Audiology department Sheffield Children’s Hospital (SCH)

Referral reason

You have concerns about the child's hearing.

Clinicians involved

  • Audiologist

Outcome

This clinical service can offer:

  • Assessment and treatment

How to refer

Schools can refer directly to audiology.
Referrals should be made by letter stating the reason for the request and the child’s details. The letter should include as much information as possible, particularly about the child’s behaviour, language development, and general development. The parent’s telephone number is really useful as we operate a reminder service. If an interpreter is required, please state this clearly. 

The results of the assessment are passed on to the person who has made the referral.  Assessments should be offered within 6 weeks.

Contact: Theresa Loxley
Tel: 2717450

Audiology - Auditory Processing difficulties (APD)

Audiology department Sheffield Children’s Hospital (SCH)

Referral reason

A referral may be prompted by processing difficulties over and above that which can be accounted for by language difficulties. For example:

  • The child’s performance varies in different environments (e.g. classroom vs 1:1).

  • The child reports difficulties listening in the classroom.

  • The child can follow written instructions better than spoken instructions.

Clinicians involved

  • Audiologist

Outcome

This clinical service can offer:

  • Assessment and advice

How to refer

A referral is made to audiology department with a specific request for APD assessment. Schools can refer directly, but it is probably best to refer to Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) first to rule out language difficulties.

CAMHS

CAMHS Single Point of Access Centenary House,
Heritage Park,
Albert Terrace Road,
S6 3BR

Referral reason

The child is experiencing difficulties which are seriously impacting on their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Clinicians involved

  • Mental health workers from a range of professions

Outcome

This clinical service can offer:

  • Assessment and advice
  • Treatment

How to refer

Currently schools cannot refer directly.  Referrals must come from GPs, Social Workers, Educational Psychologists, Paediatricians and Clinical Psychologists at Sheffield Children's Hospital or via MAST (Multi Agency Support Team).

The referral process for CAMHS is changing with changes being in place by March 19.  Stakeholders will be involved in the process.

Contact: The Duty Team
Tel: 2716540

Coordination Disorders (DCD) Team

Motor coordination difficulties (suspected DCD/dyspraxia)

DCD Team,
Ryegate Children’s Centre

Referral reason

The child has fine or gross motor difficulties which are not due to a physical disability or moderate to severe learning difficulty but which are having a significant impact on their every day life.

Clinicians involved

  • Physiotherapist and/or
  • Occupational Therapist

Outcome

This clinical service can offer:

  • Assessment and advice
  • Treatment

How to refer

New referrals must come from a health professional (eg GP, Ryegate consultant, speech and language therapy).  Schools cannot refer directly.  Parents must go to the GP to ask for a referral if no other health professional is already involved.

If the child has been seen in the past by the service and discharged, the parent or school can re-refer.

Contact: Jenny Featherstone
Tel: 2717610

Physiotherapy

Physical disability and/or moderate learning difficulties

Mainstream Schools Physiotherapy Team
Ryegate Children’s Centre

 

Referral reason

The child has mobility issues and/or gross motor difficulties which are impacting on their every day life.

Clinicians involved

  • Physiotherapist

Outcome

This clinical service can offer:

  • Assessment and advice
  • Treatment

How to refer

New referrals must come from a health professional (eg GP, Ryegate consultant, speech and language therapy).  Schools cannot refer directly.  Parents must go to the GP to ask for a referral if no other health professional is already involved.

If the child has been seen in the past by the service and discharged, the parent or school can re-refer.

Contact: Jenny Featherstone
Tel: 2717610

 

Social Communication Clinic

previously known as the Communication clinic

Ryegate Children’s Centre

 

Referral reason

The child is under 3 years 8 months old and is presenting with social communication difficulties. Some families may have limited understanding that a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder is being considered. Please note that triage based on referral information will place a child on the most appropriate pathway not age.

Clinicians involved

  • SLT
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Paediatric Consultant

Outcome

This clinical service can offer

  • Assessment
  • Post diagnostic follow up with Consultant
  • Referral to parent workshops
    • Post diagnosis workshops
  • Additional workshops available where appropriate
    • Sensory processing
    • Emotional regulation
    • Social stories

How to refer

Schools cannot refer directly.  The referral must come from a medical professional (eg GP, Ryegate consultant, speech and language therapy). Educational Psychologists and Early Years Inclusion can also refer.

Parents can go to the GP to ask for a referral. 

Contact: Angela Fox (admin)
Tel: 2717656

Autism Assessment Clinic

previously known as Social Communication Clinic

Ryegate Children’s Centre

 

Referral reason

The child is between 3 years 9 months and 16 years old and is presenting with social communication difficulties. Informed consent should have been provided by the family that their child will be assessed for Autism/ASD as part of this pathway. Please note that triage based on referral information will place a child on the most appropriate pathway not age.

Clinicians involved

  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Paediatric Consultant

Outcome

This clinical service can offer

  • Assessment
  • Post diagnostic follow up with Consultant
  • Referral to parent workshops
    • Post diagnosis workshops
  • Additional workshops available where appropriate
    • Sensory processing
    • Emotional regulation
    • Social stories

How to refer

Schools cannot refer directly.  The referral must come from a medical professional (eg GP, Ryegate consultant, speech and language therapy). Educational Psychologists and Early Years Inclusion can also refer.

Parents can go to the GP to ask for a referral.  All referrals now require school and parent questionnaires to be completed before a referral will be accepted.  This information is required to ensure the correct triage of children on the different pathways. Parents can take copies of these to the GP with a covering letter from school, for the GP to add to their referral letter.

Contact: Angela Fox (admin)
Tel: 2717656

Multi-disciplinary two day Assessment

Ryegate Children’s Centre

 

Referral reason

The child is 3 to 16 years and you suspect that the child may have a neurodevelopmental disorder. Their difficulties are significant and likely to be in more than one area.  You may be querying an underlying medical condition. 

Clinicians involved

  • Paediatric Consultant
  • Occupational Therapist,
  • Physiotherapist
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Ophthalmology
  • Psychology
  • Early Years Inclusion may be present

Outcome

This clinical service can offer

  • Assessment
  • Referral on, if required

How to refer

Schools cannot refer directly.  The referral must come from a medical professional (eg GP, Ryegate consultant, speech and language therapy).

Community Paediatrics

Pre- and School aged developmental assessment

Community Paediatrics,
Centenary House,
Heritage Park,
Albert Terrace Road,
S6 3BR

 

Referral reason

You have concerns around the child's development, challenging behaviour, learning, growth, emotional well-being or other vulnerabilities.

Clinicians involved

  • Paediatrician

Outcome

This clinical service can offer

  • Assessment
  • Referral on, if required

How to refer

Referrals are accepted from GP's, 0-19 team, SENCO's, Speech & Language therapists, Physiotherapists, MAST workers, Primary Mental Health workers, hospital colleagues and the neonatologists.

Contact: Kirsty Slack (Admin)
Tel: 3053378

Sensory Service

Sensory processing difficulties associated with autism/social communication difficulties

Ryegate Children’s Centre

 

Referral reason

The child has a number of significant sensory issues which are interfering with the child’s ability to participate in school life and/or access the curriculum.

Clinicians involved

  • DCD Team
    • Occupational Therapist and/or
    • Physiotherapist

Outcome

This clinical service can offer

    • Parent Sensory Workshop only
      No individual sensory assessment

    How to refer

    New referrals must come from a health professional (e.g. GP, Ryegate consultant, speech and language therapy).  Schools cannot refer directly.  Parents must go to the GP to ask for a referral if no other health professional is already involved.

    Contact: Jenny Featherstone
    Tel: 2717610

    Last Updated: 08/07/2019
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